Lessons from Rye

Hi everyone! As some of you might know, I was away for 14 days in Rye, a scenic and quaint town along the Peninsula, on what was known as Summer Project (or Project). I was there with a group of Christian university students helping out with Schoolies Week – a week where high-school students flock down to Rye to celebrate the end of their high-school journeys. In Melbourne, Schoolies Week is seen as a rite of passage before high-schoolers hit university and the rest of their lives, therefore you can imagine that the vibes in Rye were loud, festive and excitable.

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The pursuit of excellence

Dear all, I know there has been a hiatus since my last post. This always seems to be the case as the academic semester picks up. Today, my hot coffee, a three-hour break and the gloomy skies outdoors call for a moment of contemplation. University life has picked up and as I progress through my degree, I wouldn’t have thought two and a half years of law school would have passed by so quickly. Through the rigour, pressure and frequently humbling reality-checks, I have been thinking of a few things. Here are my thoughts (with genuine attempts to be concise!)

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Frustrated by suffering

Our everyday life is peppered with both bright and dark moments, colouring our lives with various depths and intensities. As we toil through the struggles of living, which may rear its head in any form: a sickness, a failed test, a broken relationship, have we  lifted our heads to the Heavens, yelling at the futility of it all? Or, if we don’t believe in a deity, have we mulled over it in the quietness of our hearts? When the music has ceased, and we are left to our own devices, have we ever felt frustrated by the mundane difficulties of daily life?

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Reading the Old Testament

One of my (few) New Years Resolution for 2017 was to read through the entirety of the Old Testament and to expose myself to more teachings and sermons about the Old Testament. There’s no strategy or app to go along with my reading plan, just good ol’ daily cracking open of the Bible, the occasional commentary and hopeful ambition that I will be able to reach the book of Micah by year-end. To 21st-century Christians, going through the compilation of Old Testament books is an arduous, and dare I say, irrelevant task.

After all, we live on the other side of the cross, we are Christians, not Israelites, we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within us, and we await the second coming of Christ, not the first coming of the promised Messiah. Surely, the New Testament would be beneficial in teaching us more about God than the Old?

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Lessons of a snatched purse

As many of you know, yesterday was a harrowing experience for my friend and I. After catching up for lunch (at VCR cafe, which by the way had fantastic food), we took a short walk back to the train station where we had disembarked earlier. Neither of us drove that day because the place we were going to was easier to access via train. Admittedly, we were in a dodgier part of Kuala Lumpur (Pudu for anyone interested), and admittedly we may have been too engrossed in our conversation to have been observant about our surroundings. However, this obviously did not excuse the perpetrator who came up from behind us on a motorcycle.

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Missing in Action

Hello, hello! It’s been a couple of months since the last update. This is not going to be a proper, fleshed-out post as I’m in the middle of my exams and have not been feeling very up for anything lately. My head-space hasn’t been at its best and although I’m watching over all facets of my daily life, I can’t seem to pinpoint why. Maybe it’s the exam stress, although I hate how much this seems to have a grip on me.

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Tea @ By Josephine

I’m going to apologize beforehand- the following feed might make you hungry. I don’t like tempting people with food, but this is important. 

This weekend we celebrate an important occasion, the 21st birthday of my sister. To commemorate, we decided to round up a few of her closest galpals for high tea. So English.

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